Merry Christmas to All

This has been a very busy week for me.  We host the Christmas Eve Party at Patty’s house and this year I just can’t do as much work all at one time as I have done in the past so I had to think of a way to spread the work out and I think I figured it out.  I started on Sunday by trying out my new meat slicer that Patty gave me.  Instead of getting meat at the deli I got a salami and a canned ham and tried slicing them.  It is a great slicer so found it worked and yesterday I sliced the meat for the snack tray for today, now it is nice and fresh and not as expensive.  I started cooking a little on Monday and a lot on Tuesday.  I got the meat balls all fried up, two chickens stuffed and cooked yesterday.  Tuesday we got the vegetables and fruit from the farmer’s market and cooked the green beans and broccoli.  I made all the melon balls for that salad and sectioned the oranges and grapefruit and cut the pineapple for that salad.  Today and will put those two salads together at Patty’s house adding the strawberries, blue berries, grapes, blackberries, chocolate chips and raisins. This morning I made the green salad and stuffed the mushrooms and made the cheese sauce.  Oh, and earlier I made the brown and serve rolls and froze those.  Now it is time to pack it all up and go to Patty’s.  Have a great Day.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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2 Responses to Merry Christmas to All

  1. Rosemary Rafuse says:

    Dear Carol,
    No wonder you can’t make all that food in one day! You are one busy lady and making food is tiring. I wish you and Norman a very Merry Christmas and hope you are not too tired to enjoy it. We do not have snow so everyone can travel easily and gas prices are the lowest in years. I hope that 2015 is a wonderful year for both of you!

    • Dear Rosemary, Thank you, and we did have a wonderful Christmas. Christmas Eve started at noon with Patty, Becca, and kids Regina, Colby and James with of course Norman and myself. We had our dinner at noon. Neither of us can eat late at night so we always have our main meal at noon and then we can snack in the afternoon with out feeling guilty and if we snack then we usually don’t need any supper at 5 and that is the time we stop eating for the day. Chris, Becca’s husband got off work and home for his dinner about 2 so at three we changed out all the food. We put away the food we didn’t eat that morning and put out the other half so it would be fresh for the ones coming that afternoon. Then at about four Tom, Roxanne and their sons Greg and Garrison arrived. We enjoyed snacking, visiting and watching the kids play for quite a while then opened out presents or I should say let James open out presents. He didn’t care what was in the package, he just wanted to open everyones. We stayed until about 6 and then came home as we were tired and my cold was getting worse. The party went on till about 11. Christmas morning Patty came by for us and we went to Becca’s house and got there about 6:30. The kids were all still asleep so we had coffee and banana bread and got ready for the kids to wake up. Becca and Chris had wrapped all of Colby’s presents in blue paper, James’s presents in green paper and Regina’s in pink paper and put them in piles on different sides of the tree. well, Colby was the first to wake up. Now he is just three years old so when he saw the tree he was so excited. Becca told him his presents were in blue so he went and took a blue present and handed it to me and said “for you”. The twins don’t have a lot of speech but that was clear as could be. Then he got another present in blue and did the same for first Grandad, then his father and his mother and finally got one and opened it himself. I have never seen him alone before, he always has his brother and sister beside him so he has to compete for attention. I never realized he was such a sensitive child. He was so sweet. Regina got up about half an hour later and then James. Everyone knew which presents were theirs and when they got one that wasn’t theirs they turned them right over to the rightful owner- there was no fighting or fussing!! It was truly a blessed day with everyone happy with what they got and playing happily. We got home about 10 for an hour or so nap then we went to Patty’s house for lunch and to clean up the left over. Some went into the freezer, Patty took some for today, Becca had taken some Christmas Eve and we took some for today. Then we came home about 2 and rested for the rest of the day. Today we are all staying home and let everyone else go out for the After Christmas sales. There is nothing in the world we want and sure don’t want the crowds. I’ll just sleep and get over this cold, Have a great day!

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